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Quotes from Summit
“The challenges we are working on are difficult, multi-layered and urgent. There is no time to waste, and none of us will be at our best if we’re doing it alone. At a moment that needs our best, how might we stretch further in the direction of the impact we seek?”
“My call to action is a call to arms: Commit to justice as a matter of faith simply because it is the right thing to do.”
“I think what’s bigger and bolder is the idea that we have to do more – the acknowledgement not only that what we’ve been doing isn’t enough, but also that this isn’t an individual issue, it’s a policy issue.”
“Broad-based employee ownership and engagement, while difficult to execute, is wildly promising — it can lead to a radical increase in economic mobility, financial fluency, workforce stability and productivity.”
“The complexity in this is enormous, and so part of our work is to try and embrace that complexity.”
“We can change the atmosphere, we can change the world.”
“First and foremost, we have to understand that we’re going to do what we can in our lifetimes and then have to prepare the next generation to continue this work.”
“Most people in conflict, either they suffer, they attack, or they quit… and attack doesn’t always mean fight, attack can also mean fix.”
“Truthfully, there’s no engagement that you have with another human being where your heart is not present, so the question is why do we shield it? Why not show it?”
“I think it’s okay for us to recognize that we don’t always know the answers to our questions, but it’s important to ask those questions anyway.”
“We’re working on complex, long-lasting, intractable issues, and we need to understand the finite amount of time we have and the unique contributions we can make to others so that we can hand that baton off someday.”
Social impact at scale rarely happens overnight. Years of everyday decisions made by organizational leaders operating incrementally and independently reach a certain threshold — and can get stuck, often due to lack of capacity and broader insight.”
“Companies that recognize that the talent we seek lies within their workforces — that if you create the pathways for that talent to move up the ladder, those firms will have an advantage in a tight labor market.”
“When we come together, despite not being close or deeply knowing each other, we can course-correct each other by giving honest feedback… We do need a community who can keep us honest.”
Images from Summit
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About our vendors
From our food and drink to our print materials and the lanyards attached to nametags, the NationSwell team engaged sustainable, local vendors, printers, and catering to live our values in every component of our Summit. We’re thrilled to spotlight these mission-aligned vendors below.
The Altman Building is committed to providing an inclusive and sustainable event space in the heart of New York City by continually improving their impact on the environment and local community. All cold beverage cups used at the Altman Building are reusable cups by Cup Zero, reducing single use, one cup at a time.
NationSwell was committed to snacking with impact. Guests were kept satiated through a curated snack collection featuring impact-minded brands like Moonshot Snacks, Fody, Bjorn Qorn, Greystone Bakery, The GFB, The Bar Saves Lives, Aloha, Urban Remedy, The Fruit Guys, Outsider’s Kitchen, Home Free, and Feed Your Soul.
Harvest & Revel is a Brooklyn-based, women-led catering company that not only delivers delicious and well-sourced food but also demonstrates a commitment to social impact, sustainability, and low waste practices. They are committed to using all-natural, organic, locally sourced, and seasonal ingredients.
Chelsea Factory exists to support artists and audiences as we collectively navigate beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. With an emphasis on support for New York City-based artists, Chelsea Factory provides highly subsidized creation and presentation space, production resources, and dynamic connections that create transformative experiences for its partners across genres.
Pinch Food Design was launched to reinvent the way parties looked and felt, and to change the way guests interacted with events. Their work is as much about sustainability as it is about taste + presentation with a 100% zero waste pledge, partnerships with food banks around NYC, composting, biodegradable serveware, recycling programs, and carbon neutrality.
Branded materials were produced by BrandFuel, a certified B-Corporation promotional materials company. Some print materials were produced by Smart Press, a carbon neutral print shop that is committed to environmental production and stewardship. Lanyards for this year’s event were made from recycled PET and biodegradable bamboo fabric.